Duct Tape Girl & Fetish Chick Conquer the World
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Paz Pardo
March 18, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
Duct Tape Girl and Fetish Chick Conquer the World is a cartoon whirlwind of earnest attempts at the impossible featuring queer superheroes, audience participation, and bourbon.
When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I went to college with sensible plans: I would get a degree in Computer Science, work at Google, and live on organic bottled smoothies (there are unlimited free organic bottled smoothies inside the Googleplex. True story). Two years into my degree, I was building a compiler while directing two shows, writing another, and working my first professional acting gig. It was then that I realized resistance was futile.
What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I spent 2012 on a Fulbright grant in Argentina developing my play Movimiento Perpetuo; Chewed Bread, my collaboration with Nisa Ari, premiered in Colorado Springs before touring to LA and San Francisco. As the TEAM's resident dramaturg, I developed Mission Drift (Fringe First & Herald Angel Award in Edinburgh; The National Theater, London 2013). I've worked with 600 Highwaymen and was a writer and performer on the Odyssey Project. Duct Tape Girl is my fourth collaboration with BootStrap.
Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
The audience is given surveys with questions to answer before the show begins, and those anonymous responses are incorporated into the show. One of those questions is "Who or what is your archnemesis?" and someone always gives some deeply honest response like "The sterility of white paper staring at me." When that survey gets pulled out, the actors are running around acting all superhero-y, and suddenly the monster they have to defeat is the difficulty of the creative process. Their enthusiasm as they throw themselves at this absurd challenge never ceases to delight me.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo. I would like to be Harpo, but am secretly afraid that I'm Zeppo.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes tend to be people I know. They're people with widely divergent aesthetics, but they all seem to take real joy in their work and value and respect their collaborators.